Maruti Suzuki is set to launch its new MPV, called the ‘Invicto’, on July 5th, as revealed in the company’s recent BSE filing. The Invicto is Maruti’s upcoming flagship model and will be based on the Innova Hycross, manufactured and supplied by Toyota. It will be the first Maruti vehicle to be exclusively available in an automatic transmission variant. The MPV will offer multiple seating options and will be a technology-rich product with limited production volume.
Spy images of the Maruti Invicto have already surfaced online, showcasing its distinct design elements compared to the Toyota Innova Hycross. It features unique styling cues such as a redesigned front bumper, grille, headlamps, tail-lamp inserts, and a special alloy wheel design. Minor updates to the interior upholstery and features are also expected.
Maruti has positioned the Invicto as a low-volume product focused on showcasing eco-friendly hybrid technology. It will be interesting to see how Toyota manages the allocation of units for both the Innova Hycross and Invicto, considering the high demand for the former. Toyota has recently added a third shift at its manufacturing facility to address the order backlog.
The powertrain options for the Invicto will mirror those of the Toyota Innova Hycross. The higher variants will likely feature a 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain producing 183 horsepower, delivering fuel economy similar to the Innova Hycross’ real-world figures of 13-16 kilometers per liter. Additionally, Maruti is expected to offer a 173 horsepower, 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with a CVT gearbox.
The Maruti Invicto MPV will be available in both seven- and eight-seater configurations, similar to the Innova Hycross. Positioned in the premium MPV segment, the Invicto will compete alongside the Hycross, with the Kia Carnival positioned slightly higher.
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